The contrast between either being pushed out (see blog post below this one), or being targeted (the 4th one down) reminds me of notes I got home from our oldest son’s elementary years in school. At the beginning of the year teachers would send notes that he wasn’t participating in class, he was too quiet. At the end of the year, teachers would send notes saying that he talked too much in class.
Either way, he wasn’t 100% satisfactory, and that’s how it seems to be with kids. If they aren’t bringing money in to the school, they need to enroll (this post). If they’re using too much money, they need to stop (the post before this).
Going online makes the grade, 16 July 2007, Grays Harbor Daily World, Grays Harbor and Northern Pacific Counties, Washington
“We’re big fans of this program,” Davis said. “We do think it will help with declining enrollment.”
Superintendent Mike Parker is hoping that parents of home school kids take advantage of the district’s new technology.
Hoquiam needs to halt its enrollment declines.
Enrollment dropped from the 1,948 the district had expected at the beginning of the year to 1,916 at the end of the year. And fewer students means less state money.
But if home school kids start taking the classes, that bolsters enrollment.
Around 42 Hoquiam children were being home schooled last school year. Meantime, 23 Hoquiam students attend Aberdeen’s Harbor High School, which has an online program. Parker hopes they come back “home” and take advantage of Hoquiam’s new program.
I realize that it probably goes against the mainstream grain, and it’s only my opinion, but children are not school-fodder. In my viewpoint, the schools exist to serve the children, the children do not exist to serve the schools.
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